Rishi Sunak deal with EU is all about leadership now – Kuenssberg

A deal between London and Brussels is close – but can Rishi Sunak push it through?  It’s all about leadership now” – it is not, any longer, according to that particular diplomatic source, about the finer details of customs posts; the never-ending tangle of whether it’s UK or EU law that’s supreme; or whether a sausage that’s been made in Bolton needs to be inspected if it is going to be sold in Belfast.

A deal on the Northern Ireland Protocol is so close that the negotiating teams have been consulting the thesaurus to help pick a name, in scenes reminiscent of the ’80s political comedy, “Yes Minister”.

Sorting out the protocol – those post-Brexit trading arrangements – matters practically if you live in or do business with Northern Ireland. And it matters symbolically a great deal for Rishi Sunak and the government, eager for this bitter hangover from the Brexit negotiations to fade. The agreement, whatever it ends up being named, is broadly done, and likely to be unveiled on Monday.

One Whitehall source says there’s been a “very disciplined approach to solving the problems”; now an arrangement has been struck that “unambiguously works” after weeks of working through the issues.

Source: BBC

In other news – Body of missing hillwalker Kyle Sambrook found in Glencoe

The body of a missing hillwalker who failed to return from a planned trip has been found in Glencoe following a search. Kyle Sambrook, from West Yorkshire, arrived in the Highlands on 18 February and had intended to walk and wild camp, accompanied by his beagle called Bane.

Hillwalker Kyle Sambrook

Police said their bodies had been found in the area at about 14:15 on Saturday. The force added there did not appear to be suspicious circumstances. Learn more

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